Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/11/2016 - 9:42am
Maybe I should have started with this one, since our first stop in Petersburg was the Visitor Center. Not too overwhelming, certainly nothing like the bloated colossus of Gettysburg, but it gets the job done. Keep in mind that the NPS installations at Petersburg include the Eastern Front Visitor Center (the one I visited), the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/09/2016 - 10:32am
In recognition of yesterday’s 154th anniversary of the Battle of Perryville, here is the unedited version of my Collateral Damage article which ran in the June, 2011 edition of Civil War Times magazine. Click the images for larger ones. On the morning of October 8, 1862, northwest of the town of Perryville in Boyle County, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/07/2016 - 11:02am
Last week, on my way home from a golf outing in Willimasburg, Va, I stopped in Petersburg. The original plan was to hit as many Seven Days battlefield sites as I could on the way back home, but since I was with my OLDEST brother Jerry, I opted to visit a the sites at which […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/06/2016 - 8:57am
Last week, after stopping in to visit with John Hennessy at Chatham, I set out for Williamsburg. My original intent was to visit the battlefield at Malvern Hill along the way, but the weather was bad and I was burning daylight. So I decided to do a quick turn at the Fredericksburg battlefield’s visitor center […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/04/2016 - 8:59pm
Last week, I took a little trip down to Williamsburg, Va, for three days of golf with my brother Jerry. Friend John Hennessy invited me to stop on the way to chat and lunch, so I took him up on his offer. We yakked in his office upstairs at Chatham for a while (said hi […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/03/2016 - 12:17pm
Hi all! I just got back from a few days in Virginia, and managed to squeeze some Civil War stuff in around some bad golf (mine) in some bad weather on some beautiful Williamsburg area courses. I’ll have the CW related stuff up soon, including a trip to Petersburg with my oldest brother to follow […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/24/2016 - 10:47am
“The third and final volume of David A. Powell’s history of The Chickamauga Campaign – Barren Victory: The Retreat into Chattanooga, the Confederate Pursuit, and the Aftermath of Battle, September 21 to October 20, 1863, has been released by publisher Savas Beatie. (You can find my notes on the first two volumes here and here.) […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/22/2016 - 8:00am
This just in from Savas Beatie (there is no hyphen in that title, you know): Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign: His Supposed Charge from Fort Hell, his Near-Mortal Wound, and a Civil War Myth Reconsidered, by Dennis A. Rasbach. It’s hard to read the full title and not get the impression that the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/21/2016 - 9:37am
Author John Hennessy passed along this heretofore unseen, by him or me, map. It was provided to him by reader Kimball Brace, who found it in the Library of Virginia. Kim has been researching E. Porter Alexander and the signal stations around Manassas and the Bull Run Line. As you can see from the key: Sketch […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/18/2016 - 12:07pm
Many “fans” of the Irish Brigade, and in particular the 69th New York State Militia and the 69th New York Volunteer Infantry, labor under the assumption that the two units are related, the latter somehow descended from the former. I’ve met with some resistance, and once outright anger,  when I’ve suggested that the relationship is […]
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